Lewis F. Mayer Middle School | 21200 Campus Ave., Fairview Park, OH 44126 | Ph: (440) 356-3510
Mr. Chris Vicha, Principal | Mr. Jordan McHugh, Associate Principal
Week of March 18, 2019
Warriors of the Week
Each week through this year we will recognize several of our students through our "Warrior of the Week" award. Students receive this award for displaying effort that goes above-and-beyond our expectations - reflecting their drive to achieve personal and academic growth.

This week's Warriors of the Week are:

Mia K.
Mia has really stepped up her game in Language Arts these past few weeks, becoming a classroom leader. She has become the Sophie Foster (her favorite book character) of the classroom. Her summaries and responses have been top notch. In Math, she is always putting forth her best effort and works well in groups, even when she doesn't want to. She has been a peach in Science class. Each of her teachers look forward to seeing her grow and continue her success. Mia possesses unparalleled power and is the one who can save them all. (Note: the references are from her favorite book, Keeper of the Lost Cities.)

Ramon T.
Ramon took to heart our See Something, Say Something message ad was very brave in being one of the first to step forward!

Molly A.
Molly has many phenomenal qualities that make her stand out and shine as a 7th grade student. Molly is kind, a team player that collaborates well with others, and has a strong work ethic into her academics not to mention a great sense of humor.  Molly is committed to excellence both in the classroom and on the stage. We are looking forward to seeing her in the upcoming play Bye Bye Birdie! Way to go Molly we are proud of you!

Grace G.
Grace is a new addition to the Warrior family this year and we all are so glad she is here! Grace deserves recognition because she is a hard worker who is always trying her best to excel in school.  Not only is Grace excelling in school. She is also a great artist who has produced some great pieces for her class projects.  Grace exemplifies what it means to be a Warrior with her schoolwork, kindness, and compassion. Way to go, Grace! Keep it up!

From the Office


Remember that there will be NO SUMMER SCHOOL this summer. Students will need to complete all their work by the end of the 4th quarter. The last day of school is May 23, 2019.



Please send in your pull tabs from soda and soup cans - we are collecting them for Ronald McDonald House - they will use the funds raised for families staying at the House while their child(ren) is in the hospital.



Call for  BOX TOPS ! Please cut out and send in your Box Tops! It's an easy fundraiser for the school. Turn them in to Mrs. Ristagno in the Middle School office!


You can still order your YEARBOOK online! Visit ybpay.lifetouch.com to order, using the Yearbook ID Code: 11998419.

Habits of Success
Habits of Success are the social and emotional skills that enable students to be successful at both academic and non-academic pursuits. This is the framework we use in our teaching / mentoring with students. In the coming weeks, we will highlight examples of each of these components so that families can promote similar habits at home.
This week we'll focus on the bottom of the framework, specifically on ATTACHMENT .

Attachment can be defined as "A deep and enduring emotional bond that connects one person to another across time and space". In a school setting, some examples of this include:

  • Students may feel an attachment to their mentor (and/or other teachers) - we hope students will consider their mentor to be one of their strongest allies, and are open with them about their goals, fears, hopes, setbacks and successes.
  • Students feel an attachment to our school - we hope students will report feeling safe and cared for at school, both in terms of physical safety and in terms of safety to take risks and fail.


Trusted adults are a key focus of our work at MMS - during the recent Say Something Week (2/25 - 3/1) our young people highlighted the adults in our school that they have the strongest bonds with. This was affirming for our educators, who care deeply for our students.

We are extremely proud of the changing facilities as we go through our construction project. It's our desire that students have an increased sense of pride about Fairview Park City Schools, and contribute to a safe and empowering learning environment.

We frequently hold "spirit days", address the social-emotional issues within our communities, and empower our students to take risks in their learning journeys, celebrating their courage to be innovative.
MMS Happenings
MMS Student Ambassadors went to Gilles-Sweet on Friday to talk about transition to the MS with current 5th graders.
Eva K., Shawn T. and Livia K. represented MMS last weekend at the "You Be the Chemist Challenge" at the Great Lakes Science Center. Each made it to the 5th round (of 7), and Livia qualified to compete in the state competition on April 27. Congrats!
Class of 2022 Fundraiser
The Class of 2022 has partnered with  GV Art & Design  to create these awesome t-shirts featuring Fairview Park landmarks and the Fairview Schools Shield. Men's, Women's and Children's sizes available! 20% of proceeds will go back to the Freshman class! Find the Order Form Here.
Friends of FPCS Fundraisers
March Basketball Brackets
The Friends of the Fairview Park City Schools will be running brackets for the 2019 Men's NCAA Tournament. Join the fun!  Brackets cost $10 each. The Friends of the Fairview Park City Schools will retain 50% of entry fees. The other 50% will be paid out for 1st (60%), 2nd (30%), and 3rd (10%) place. The more entries we receive the more money you can possibly win so please share with you friends and family!  You can sign up at  tournamentpools.com and enter the Pool ID# 148327 and the Pool Entry Code warriors18 or go to  this link to sign up. You can pay for your entries via Pay Pal at  friendsfpsc@aol.com  (select family/friends to avoid fees)  or by check (made out to Friends of the Fairview Park City Schools) or cash mailed/dropped off to Melissa Hille, 4239 West 211th Street, Fairview Park, OH  44126. Online entries must be received by noon on March 21st.   Paper entries will also be accepted however they are due by March 20th at 7pm.  All results will be posted online through the website.  Contact Melissa Hille at  melissahille@sbcglobal.net for more information.  

Help support Our Kids. Our Community. Our Future. The Friends of the Fairview Park City Schools mission is to develop strong, vibrant and safe schools that are essential to the stability and growth of our community.   

Career Night is March 21 from 6-9 p.m. 
Middle School students that attend the Career Fair will get a reward for doing so! Take a selfie at the event with the hashtag #FPCareers , then show your Tweet/post to someone in the MS office the next day in order to get the reward! 

Click here for a list of career fields that will be represented at Career Night.
April 15 & 17 Cheerleading Clinics and Tryouts
April 27 - Gilles-Sweet Derby Dash 
Tickets are $5 at the door. This is our annual music department fundraiser and cost of admission goes to support these talented musicians. Students should arrive 30 minutes prior to their performance time. Drinks and some snacks will be available for purchase in cafeteria throughout the day, please volunteer when your child is not performing so all parents get to hear their children perform.

12:00  Gilles-Sweet 5th Grade Band and 5th Grade Orchestra
12:30  MMS 6th Grade Band
1:00  MMS 6th Grade Orchestra
1:30  MMS Concert Band (7-8)
2:00  MMS Concert Orchestra (7-8)
2:30  FHS Symphonic Band
3:00  FHS Chamber Orchestra
3:30  FHS String Orchestra & Symphony Orchestra
4:30  Gilles-Sweet Golden Singers
5:00  MMS Glee Club (6)
5:30  MMS Concert Choir (7-8)
6:00  MMS Trash Can Band
6:30  FHS Scarlet Singers
7:00  Fairview Jazz Band
7:30  FHS Chorale

Testing Information

April 11            OST Math (6/7/8)
April 12            OST ELA (6/7/8)
April 15             Makeup Day
April 16             Science (8) / Makeup Day (6/7)
April 17             Makeup Day     

In order to prepare your student(s) for the upcoming standardized tests, it is important that they begin their studies early. To help them prepare, families can access Student Tutorials and Tools , where each type of question on the OST is broken down in video tutorials.  

Student Practice Resources
Science (8th Graders only!)

Students can also access the Students Practice Site to familiarize themselves with the format of the assessment.  They will log in with their first name and their student ID (they use this for lunch).

Personalized Learning Platform FAQ
You can make an appointment with Melanie Wightman, Director of Teaching and Learning, to interpret and discuss individual student's achievement and progress, including grades and winter MAP benchmark. Appointments can be scheduled during the school days or selected evenings at parent convenience. You can reach Mrs. Wightman at (440) 331-5500.

You can make an appointment to come in, take a tour, and observe classes in action. Call Mr. McHugh, the Associate Principal, at (440) 331-3510 x 3100.
MMS Teacher Office Hours
Every Tuesday AND Friday from 7:45 am - 8:20 a.m. ALL teachers will be available for academic assistance. Students can sign up with any teacher to get the help they need. Please encourage your child to take advantage of this opportunity!
Family and Community Engagement (FACE)
All school year we have been focusing on many topics, but especially mental health. 

As a district we:
* watched the documentary film, Angst;
* had speakers come and talk about anxiety and depression;
* had a group of juniors teach a lesson with every middle school and high school mentoring group on activities you can do when you are feeling stressed.

The next upcoming event is on April 1. Please mark your calendar for what promises to be a very exciting day. 

High school students are planning a day of special activities with the theme "Find Your Balance: How to Cope Workshops" on Monday, April 1 for their fellow students in grades 6-12. Nine Juniors in the Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio's First Ring Student Leadership Academy are coordinating the event as a part of their project on mental health, specifically learning to deal with daily stressors such as school, activities, sports, family, friends, and relationships.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in four 25-minute sessions throughout the day. Topics include mindfulness and meditation, outdoor walking, art and drawing to relax, journaling, therapy dogs, board games, healthy eating, yoga, journaling, and more.
Teachers and staff will lead the sessions.

A special guest presentation from Jessie Funk, a nationally-recognized motivational speaker, author, and musical artist will also be part of the day. 

Then that evening, she will headline a Parent University event at Gilles-Sweet Elementary at 6:30 p.m. This event is geared towards both parents and students.

Jesse shares dynamic music, entertaining and visually stories, and real-world tools to help kids build confidence, set boundaries to have healthy relationships, and learn the power of forgiveness. The presentation is designed to build resilience and mental toughness. Educators and parents can expect their students to leave the presentation with motivation to become leaders of their lives.

If you have any questions about this April 1st or would like any resources on mental health, please let me know. 

Carrie Sullivan
FACE Coordinator 
Important Dates
Tuesday, March 19
6:00 - 9:00 PM - Friends of Fairview Park City Schools Fundraiser at Main Event Entertainment

Thursday, March 21
7:00 - 9:00 PM - Career Night, FHS Gym

Friday, March 22

Tuesday, March 26
5:00 - 7:00 PM - Innovation Showcase, Gilles-Sweet Gymnasium

Wednesday, April 3
7 PM - State of the Community, Gemini Center

Friday, April 12 - Sunday, April 14
Stagecrafters presents Bye Bye Birdie

Saturday, April 13
8:30 - 11:45 AM - 7th and 8th Grade Math Club Competition

Monday, April 15
3:30 - 4:30 PM - Cheerleading Clinic for current 6th and 7th grade students, MS Gym

Wednesday, April 17
3:30 - 5:00 PM - Cheerleading Tryouts for current 6th and 7th grade students, MS Gym

Friday, April 26
Junior Achievement Field Day

Saturday, April 27
Gilles-Sweet Derby Dash

Saturday, May 11
12:00 - 8:00 PM - SuperPops Concert, FHS Auditorium

School Counseling
Mrs. Mary Cory
Middle School Student Counselor
440-356-3510 ext. 3135

Follow the counseling office on twitter: @FviewCounselors
Family and Community Engagement (FACE) 
If you were not able to attend the Internet Safety Presentation this past Monday, March 4, 
a recap has been  posted to the FACE page. There is important information here for all ages of Internet users. 

Wait Until 8th Campaign 
Please consider signing the pledge of having your child wait until after 8th grade to get a smartphone.  On this website it lists many great points of why parents should wait as well as articles for parents. https://www.waituntil8th.org/

Ms. Carrie Sullivan
Family and Community Engagement Coordinator 
phone:  440-356-3500 ext. 4117

Mr. Chris Vicha
Campus Principal
440-356-3500 ext. 4100
Mr. Jordan McHugh
Associate Principal
440-356-3510 ext. 3100
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Lewis F. Mayer Middle School | 21200 Campus Drive | Fairview Park, OH 44126